Speaker Pelosi Differs From Obama on Taxes, Probes
The speaker said Sunday she wants Congress to consider repealing President George W. Bush's tax cuts on those who make more than $250,000 well before they expire at the end of 2010. Obama had promised to repeal the tax cuts as well during the presidential campaign, but he has since backed off that pledge, signaling he would be willing to simply let them expire.
"We had campaigned in saying what the Republican Congressional Budget Office told us: Nothing contributed more to the budget deficit than the tax cuts for the wealthiest people in America," Pelosi said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
Also Sunday, Pelosi said she wants an investigation into whether the Bush administration broke the law when it fired a group of federal prosecutors.
"I think that we have to learn from the past, and we cannot let the politicizing of, for example, the Justice Department, go unreviewed," she said. "Past is prologue."
House Democrats last week recommended a criminal investigation to determine whether administration officials broke the law in the name of national security. Along with the fired prosecutors, the report cited interrogation of foreign detainees, warrantless wiretaps, retribution against critics and manipulation of intelligence.
The president-elect has been more cautious, saying he wants to look to the future, not to the past.
I must say, I'm pleasantly surprised. I never thought that Pelosi would let a criminal investigation of the Bush Administration go ahead, because she seems to have too much skin in that game. I guess she feels safe if they only go after the Justice Dept firings, but none of the war crimes.
Good news about the tax cuts too!
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